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Poster: dcc292 Date: Jun 20, 2007 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jam Bands...where do you stand?

Garcia vs. Kimock
Hmm I think that's like apples and oranges: both can be found in the fruit stand (the jam scene) but they are completely different things.
As a Deadhead in the early 80s I discovered Kimock, first sitting in with Little Women, then in Zero. His playing blew my mind. Even though the music was totally different from the Dead, the approach was similar. Zero allowed themselves to let the music happen onstage and avoided hiding behind well defined song structures and tons of repetition. Those qualities were found in the Dead's ethos as well.
Up to that point I had not been interested much in virtuoso players. I was a Dead Head and loved them in part for their "zits and all" character. Kimock opened up my mind to the joy of intently focusing in on a player who plays with considerably advanced skill, dexterity, and as much emotional feeling as anyone I'd ever heard.
My friends and I pondered the idea of putting Kimock and Garcia together or switching them from their respective contexts. We decided that each would flounder if he tried to fill the other's shoes. Their greatness was in part dependent on the context they performed in.

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Poster: cosmic chuck Date: Jun 23, 2007 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jam Bands...where do you stand?

Of course any discussion must begin and end with the Dead but in between there are some interesting people out there to listen to. In my opinion this is just the kind of thread that should continue on forever so we all hear about something new. In that vein I would like to recommend the David Nelson Band. If you like the "weird country" feel of the New Riders and the extended jams of the Dead I think you will really like this band.